HARRISBURG -- Two local community Thanksgiving dinners offered a variety of dinner options for a multitude of people in Harrisburg.
At First Baptist Church's "His Table," the festive, Thanksgiving-themed dining area was filled as dinner guests arrived and departed at a constant rate.
Church members volunteering in the kitchen kept fresh plates filled with holiday fare while other volunteers held open doors, greeted visitors, carried carryout dinners to vehicles and cleaned tables.
Church volunteer Mickey Pankey, who with his wife, Teresa, relayed some plates of food to diners at tables, said he enjoyed getting the chance to spend the afternoon serving the community.
"It's great to have the opportunity to do this, to give back," Pankey said.
Those enjoying the dinner said they liked being able to have a dinner and relax.
"It's nice to be able to sit down and eat and visit with friends," Daren Crabb of Harrisburg said. "This is a wonderful thing."
Across town, at Papaw's Pizza, others were enjoying the afternoon thanks to a free pizza buffet provided by the owners, James Hayes and Nathan Hayes.
The brothers have been in business nearly two years, and this is the second Thanksgiving they've provided a free Thanksgiving dinner.
James Hayes said this year's event had grown from last year.
"I think we've already had more people than we did last year," he said, about 30 minutes into the buffet.
The Hayes brothers and their employees kept the pizza bar filled with fresh pizzas and dessert pizzas as guests continued to come to the restaurant.
They said they hoped to stay busy the whole time, so as many in the community as possible could be served.
"That's the point," James Hayes said. "We want to give back."